X-ray - GASTRO GRAFFIN

X-ray - GASTRO GRAFFIN

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A X-Ray Gastrografin Swallow shows an outline of the oesophagus and stomach on a plain X-Ray, using Gastrografin as a contrast medium which is swallowed by the patient. It may show irregularities of the usual smooth outline, caused by strictures (narrowing) or ulceration ? damage to the mucosa (lining) of the oesophagus. It differs from a Barium Swallow in that the contrast material is water soluble and less irritating to body tissues if there is a leak from the oesophagus due to perforation.What are X-rays? X-rays are electro-magnetic radiations that are produced by special machines called X-ray machines. These cannot be seen, felt or heard. How do X-rays work? Chest X-rayDifferent parts of the body behave differently with X-rays. While scanning chest X-ray , structures such as bone absorb X-rays, whereas air in the lungs lets all X-rays pass through. Thus, when X-rays pass through the body, when they come out, they have different strengths, depending on what parts of the body they have passed through. When these X-rays hit a film (like a photographic film), that film gets exposed depending upon this variation. Like a photographic film, this special film also needs to be developed, before we can see the final picture. Where are X-rays useful? X-rays have been used to view all parts of the body. Specifically, they are required for chest, all bones, joints and abdomen. Are there any dangers? Since X-rays involve radiation, there is a theoretical risk, though none in practice. In women who are pregnant, X-rays should be performed only after weighing all the risks. What are the dyes used with X-rays? X-RaysSometimes, artificial dyes are used to improve our ability to see internal structures. The common dyes used are either barium containing (barium sulphate) or iodine dyes. Barium sulphate is used for all barium examinations to study the stomach and intestines. Iodine dyes are usually injected in the veins to study the kidneys or during angiography, etc. Are there any complications of the dye? Five percent of the patients may get nausea and redness of skin. Though severe reactions are known, these are very rare and uncommon. However, in patients who have a previous history of allergy, asthmatics, those with renal and cardiac failure, a special dye is used which is more expensive but safer.


Why is X-ray - GASTRO GRAFFIN done ?

A Gastrografin swallow is a test used to show the outline of the esophagus and stomach on a plain X-Ray. It may show irregularities in the usually smooth outline of the esophagus and stomach, caused by strictures (narrowing) or ulceration (damage to the oesophageal mucosa (lining)).

X-ray - GASTRO GRAFFIN Instructions

CCO:
No prior preperation is required.Ask if the patient is pregnant.

SLAs:
For XRay test scheduled before 2 PM eConsultation will be scheduled before 9 PM same day and the physical reports to be delivered by 10 PM same day
For XRay test scheduled after 2 PM eConsultation to start from 8 AM next day and the physical reports to be delivered starting from 8 AM next day

FACILITATOR:
No specific instructions

SLAs:
For XRay test scheduled before 2 PM eConsultation will be scheduled before 9 PM same day and the physical reports to be delivered by 10 PM same day
For XRay test scheduled after 2 PM eConsultation to start from 8 AM next day and the physical reports to be delivered starting from 8 AM next day

Why is X-ray - GASTRO GRAFFIN ?

An X-Ray Gastrografin Swallow shows an outline of the oesophagus and stomach on a plain X-Ray, using Gastrografin as a contrast medium which is swallowed by the patient. It may show irregularities of the usual smooth outline, caused by strictures (narrowing) or ulceration ? damage to the mucosa (lining) of the oesophagus. It differs from a Barium Swallow in that the contrast material is water soluble and less irritating to body tissues if there is a leak from the oesophagus due to perforation